Co-written following the Asian tsunami by six-year-old Isabella Hatkoff, her father, Craig Hatkoff, and Dr. Paula Kahumbu, this book is a model of a “safe haven” story for children who have experienced loss or need a new family. The book relates the story of what happens to Owen, a baby hippo, separated from his family during the tsunami. Local people in Kenya help the stranded hippo and take him to a park in Mombasa. Once there, Owen is confused and angry until Mzee, an old giant tortoise, comforts him by snuggling up to Owen. The two became inseparable and Mzee teaches Owen how to live with the other animals. The book was published by Scholastic Press in 2006. It was also adapted in Myanmar after Typhoon Nargis 2006.

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